And The U.S. Has to Suffer Through This Sideshow

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Bloodied and disgraced, yet full of stubborn bravado, Denzel Washington’s Alonzo Harris was defiant to the bitter end during the closing moments of the 2001 smash hit film, Training Day.

It is sad, terrifying and ultimately — hilarious that President Trump is spending his final days in the Oval Office in similar fashion.

Training Day featured Washington, as Narcotics Detective Harris, a very confident man who could seduce anyone with his charm and presence. Underneath that polished persona, a very evil man lurked.

That sounds exactly like Trump.

As the film gets further into its story, Detective Harris proves himself to be a selfish bully whose biggest interest is in saving his own ass. He even tries to convince a rookie detective to do his bidding and kill a drug dealer (who was Harris’s friend earlier in the film). …


LIFE LESSONS

Achievers spend their time with other achievers

Kobe Bryant and his family surrounded by “important people.”
Kobe Bryant and his family surrounded by “important people.”
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Introduction

As multiple reports of Kobe Bryant’s death circulated online, I sat on my couch in total shock and disbelief while on a sales call.

“You know somebody else important had to be on that helicopter with him,” said the customer with whom I was speaking.

Side note: Every human being is important. But for the sake of this article, “important people” refers to anyone who is notable in some public way or positively impacts society beyond just their friends and family.

The Unthinkable Happened

I worked from home on Sunday, January 26, 2020; . …


SPORTS LEGENDS

These legends combined to win 24 championships

Magic and Bird.
Magic and Bird.
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I have been a basketball fan for 31 years now, and I love the awesomeness of playing and watching the game.

Admittedly, I have watched little college and international basketball in all these years, but I have always been an NBA fan during the past three decades. What follows is my list of whom I consider to be the top five players, forever ranked in order from top to bottom.

I don’t care that many will debate it. This list happens to be one guy’s opinion.

1. Michael Jordan

In my estimation, no other player in the history of basketball possesses the combination of skills, achievements, full-court excellence, half-court excellence, statistical excellence, indomitable will, fear in opponents, and championship leadership that MJ had. …


ADVICE

Mediocre people serve an important benefit

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Prologue

I contracted with a company when I first heard this expression:

“Don’t take advice from anyone you wouldn’t trade places with.”

It’s a taut, profound statement. A one-sentence manifesto that instantly perks up the ears of the driven individual. But I’m challenging that famous quote attributed to and , and others.

The Counterintuitive Approach

I believe that you should take advice from people you would never trade places with.

Huh?

Look, I get the intent behind the quote. Listen to people more successful than you; that’s the gist of it. …


MINDSET

There’s far more power in you than you would ever imagine

Woman’s head on a platter.
Woman’s head on a platter.
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“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” — Michael Jordan

Prologue

Even though I had previously sold life insurance for years, I was terrified and insecure about my abilities to make even one sale in the auto insurance industry. I was smothered by my limiting beliefs even before I took the state exam.

Yikes.

The training class only elevated my fear once I realized that the information taught to us wasn’t clicking with me. Out of 17 people, I was one of four who failed the licensing test. …


A simple guide for making your days better

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If you want to upgrade your happiness, there are many things that you can do. More importantly, you can stop doing a few other things and see improvements that may surprise you.

Here are five things you should quit now:

1. Stop making the small stuff big

Many terrible things can happen on any given day that we can’t control.

Bad news from a doctor.

A severe accident.

A divorce.

Those things will understandably cause devastation and a waterfall of tears. But the little things — the long line at the grocery store, the red light that’s taking forever to turn green, and the annoying solicitors calling your phone — take a deep breath. …


SELF-TALK

It might change your life forever

Man driving a car.
Man driving a car.
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Introduction

If you’re anything like me, there are lots of things for which you have questions. I now realize that talking to myself while driving not only helps me, but it’s also the ultimate therapy session.

Crazy, right?

Not crazy to me. And if you do the same thing, it’s probably not crazy to you either. Les Brown, the great motivational speaker, says that we sometimes have to talk to ourselves. “It might be the most intelligent conversation you ever have,” he said. I couldn’t agree more.

What will it do for you?

Driving alone provides peace and allows me to achieve clarity on many different ideas and situations. I encourage you to try it out if you don’t already because the benefits can be extraordinary. I can figure out problems, develop new ideas, make old ideas better and discover ways to advise people. …


LIFE LESSONS

It’s like waking up from a nightmare that was real life

iPad image of Joe Biden signing papers.
iPad image of Joe Biden signing papers.
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As a minority, it is refreshing and exciting to witness the decency, optimism, and inclusion with .

I would never deal with a friend, girlfriend, wife, relative, or associate if they were petty, unable to admit when they’re wrong, vengeful, divisive, dangerously manipulative, and self-centered. That’s what makes this new administration feel like someone finally .

I will never expect perfection of anyone, least of all our President. …


SELF-LOVE

They can’t hurt you when you’re the boss of your own “flaws”

Woman flexing.
Woman flexing.
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For years, people have told me that I shouldn’t make fun of myself.

I’ve also been told that it’s a defense mechanism to avoid having my feelings hurt by other people. I can understand why people feel that way.

I happen to disagree with that bullshit, though.

My dictionary app defines self-deprecation this way:

“Belittling or undervaluing oneself; excessively modest.”

Have I ever looked down on myself? Hell yeah. Have I ever had low self-esteem, been insecure or self-conscious? Yes to all of the above. I also happen to still be self-conscious and insecure.

Admitting that is one of the strongest things ever. …


POP CULTURE HISTORY

The two legends came together for a once in a lifetime event

Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan.
Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan.
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Anyone who’s known me for more than 10 minutes is well aware that I’ve long been a huge fan of both Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. The idea popped into my mind to trace their steps as they moved through their careers throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s on course to someday grace each other’s presence.

During those years, they each established themselves not only as being among the most famous and popular people in history, but also as peerless icons in their respective fields. That set the stage for their eventual collaboration in April 1992.

This should be fun!

1982

Jordan, a very talented freshman at the University of North Carolina becomes nationally known for the first time ever on March 29, 1982. …

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Deante L. Young

Personal Development Writer | Deante Unlimited podcast, Host | Deante: Under Construction web series, Star | Deante Young Enterprises, Chief Creative Architect

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